Cape Town - The Stormers made it five victories out of five in Super
Rugby this season as they outclassed the Cheetahs, prevailing 53-10 on
As it happened: Stormers 53-10 Cheetahs
Dillyn Leyds (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (3), Dan du Plessis, Dan
du Preez and Siya Kolisi scored the hosts' tries in an impressive triumph.
In reply for the Cheetahs their only try came from Paul
Schoeman as they suffer a fourth defeat in six games and fall further off the
The Stormers looked a class apart from their opponents from
the outset as they went into the half-time interval leading 22-3 in Cape Town.
The Cheetahs, who had lost Sergeal Petersen to injury before
the game, struggled with their defensive decisions in the wider channels and
the hosts punished them on several occasions.
Nico Lee was one man to make
errors with his decision making and the Stormers made him pay.
On seven minutes the Stormers were ahead thanks to Du
Preez's boot as he sent over one from distance after no clear release in the
That became 8-0 seven minutes later when the in-form SP
Marais drew the defender and sent over Leyds from 20 metres out for his first
Fred Zeilinga did cut the lead to five points on 22 minutes
later but the Stormers responded with interest soon after as Marais this time
set up number eight Notshe for a run-in. That made it 15-3 to the home side and
there was still plenty of time before the break to strike.
They did just that two minutes from half-time as EW Viljoen
capitalised on poor defence to free Leyds who scrambled his way over for 22-3.
At this point the Stormers had the bonus-point in their
hands but knew they had to solidify that in the second-half, which they set
about doing on 42 minutes when Marais again was the creator, setting up centre
Du Plessis for a simply try. With the conversion it was now 29-3.
Despite the Cheetahs hitting back through a driving maul
that Schoeman was at the back of, the Stormers were over again on 54 minutes
when flyhalf Du Preez's lovely chip and rather saw him race over for the
hosts' fifth try. His conversion attempt however struck the upright.
The Stormers were now motoring and their sixth try wasn't
too long in coming, with Kolisi rolling off Eben Etzebeth for a 41-10
Marais was again involved in their next score as he put the
ball back inside for Notshe, which was his second crossing, after good initial
work from Viljoen.
With Du Preez having been replaced, Kurt Coleman converted
the try and on 66 minutes the Stormers were now 48-10 ahead.
To rub salt in the Cheetahs' wounds they had the chance to
cross for a second try when Henco Venter looked set to go over from long range.
However, Cheslin Kolbe's last ditch tackle led to the number eight spilling the
ball over the try-line, leaving him red faced.
The Stormers made them pay as they rubber stamped their win
late on with Kolisi setting up Notshe for his hat-trick in an eight-try
Tries: Leyds 2, Nothse 3, Du Plessis, Du Preez, Kolisi
Conversions: Du Preez 4, Coleman
Penalties: Du Preez
15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi